2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up

The state legislature adjourned for the year last Friday.  As another session has come and gone, OK2A continues to successfully expand gun-owners’ rights in Oklahoma.  While we did not get everything we wanted and there were some battles, especially with Senate leadership, we did get some important legislation passed.

HB1314 was signed by the Governor on April 24.  It clarified that the 10 student limit in SDA permit classes applies to the range and not the classroom part of the class.

HB1462 was signed by the Governor on April 22.  This bill repealed the limit placed on class fees for SDA permit classes.  It also removed the requirement for instructors to be re-fingerprinted every time they renew their instructors license and allows for a 10-year license for instructors in addition to the current 5-year license.

HB2170 was signed by the Governor on April 22.  This bill removes spring assisted knives from the list of prohibited weapons.

SB173 is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.  This bill includes several measures:

  • Any business that allows concealed and unconcealed carry is immune from any liability arising from that decision.
  • Any employer that allows employees to carry concealed or unconcealed is immune from any liability arising from that decision.
  • Any place of worship that allows concealed and unconcealed carry is immune from any liability arising from that decision.
  • Clarifies that the penalty for carrying in an establishment with a no-carry policy is a simple trespass violation.
  • Police officers may now carry unconcealed with an SDA permit.
  • Individuals with a Victim’s Protective Order will receive a temporary permit from the Sheriff so they can protect themselves immediately.
  • Individuals with a Victim’s Protective Order will only be charged $25 by the OSBI for their SDA permit.
  • Removed OSBI administrative fines for SDA permit holders who do not notify police that they are carrying.  Criminal penalties still apply.  (i.e., you are not fined twice for the same offense.)

HB1622 is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.  This bill reinstates the private property rights of private K-12 schools.  They will set their own weapons policies.  They will also have immunity from any liability for allowing weapons in their schools.  Additionally, this bill removes meetings of government officials from Section 1277’s list of places where carry is prohibited.

HB1558 will be held over for next year due to some issues with the language.  We will work with legislators to fix the language and it should be available for the Governor to sign in February of next year.

HJR1026 will also be held over for next year.  We are still asking people to call their Representative and Senator and ask them to sign on as co-authors.  The more co-authors the easier it will be to convince the leadership in the House, and especially the Senate, to send HJR1026 to the people.

HB1607 was defeated.  This bill would have added parks and other recreation areas where a youth sports activity is taking place to the list of places where carry is prohibited.  Aside from being ridiculously vague, it was simply a bad idea.

All in all not a bad year.  Next year we will continue to promote the bills that didn’t pass this year, especially the nullification bills.  It is critical that our state legislature send a clear signal to our national government that we will not allow them to trample on our God-given right to self-defense.  The problem will be the Senate.  Senators Bingman, Schulz, and Barrington will not allow any nullification bills to be heard unless they are pressured by the people of Oklahoma.  With your help we will continue to urge them to do the right thing.

Thank you for your efforts this year.  Your phone calls, emails, and visits made a difference.  There were several occasions when bills were stalling out that we asked you to make your voice heard.  It made the difference.

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Comments

  1. What happened to SB 831?

    http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB831&Session=1300

    That was very important to people who deal with convicted criminals every day.

    • It was never heard in the House. Any bills that were not actually voted down will still be available for hearing next year. That particular bill will probably be something that will have to be added in to another bill, though. Rest assured, we will ask for it to be heard next year.

  2. twanablevins2013 says:

    Reblogged this on Logan County OK GOP and commented:
    The state legislature adjourned for the year last Friday. As another session has come and gone, OK2A continues to successfully expand gun-owners’ rights in Oklahoma. While we did not get everything we wanted and there were some battles, especially with Senate leadership, we did get some important legislation passed.

    HB1314 was signed by the Governor on April 24. It clarified that the 10 student limit in SDA permit classes applies to the range and not the classroom part of the class.

    HB1462 was signed by the Governor on April 22. This bill repealed the limit placed on class fees for SDA permit classes. It also removed the requirement for instructors to be re-fingerprinted every time they renew their instructors license and allows for a 10-year license for instructors in addition to the current 5-year license.
    Read the rest at the link provided

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